Throughout post-production of The Queen’s Gambit series, successful Netflix sound designer Wylie Stateman of 247SND provided key members of the editorial and sound teams with JBL Professional 7 Series monitors to ensure consistent sound.
the The 2020 Netflix limited series about a struggling chess prodigy who made a meteoric rise in the professional chess world during the 1950s and 1960s became an instant hit, with a record 62 million homes watched in the first four weeks of its exit. However, with post-production complicated by Covid-19 restrictions, part of the team had to work remotely instead of collaborating in person.
To provide the post-production team with a common sound benchmark, Stateman provided them with JBL 708p and 705p monitors. Stateman and the rest of the team worked from 247SND’s editing and mixing suites, which already came with 7-series monitors, AC28 / 95 cinema surround speakers, and Crown DCi-series amplifiers. . The decision to provide everyone with the same monitors was part of an initiative called âCutting Room 2.0,â Stateman’s approach to streamlining the post-production process.
âIn 2016, we embarked on a project we dubbed ‘Cutting Room 2.0’, with the aim of facilitating a more streamlined approval process by aligning the sound and film editing processes more closely,â explained Stateman. âThe assignment was to do the sound editing and film editing together, working in parallel so that the editor, director and producers could hear the real soundtrack every step of the way, rather than just a mix proxy during editing. “
âOne of the challenges we faced was finding a monitoring system that was up to the task. In terms of what we needed to build our 5.1 and 7.1 playback systems, the 708 just rang the bell. It covered all the bases – it sounds great, it’s very dynamic, and it’s easily tunable. The Series 7 squeeze horn and overall design was perfect for us.
The JBL 7 series includes the 708P and 705P self-powered master reference monitors as well as the 708i and 705i passive monitors. All models feature JBL Differential Drive low-frequency speakers and 2409H high-frequency compression drivers for wide dynamic range, ultra-smooth frequency response beyond 36 kHz, and extremely low distortion at levels of high sound pressure.
JBL’s proprietary Image Control waveguide provides a wide sweet spot with consistent, detailed sound on and off axis. Top, bottom and rear mounting points make the 7 Series monitors ideal for installed applications such as Dolby Atmos mixing setups that require overhead speakers. Additionally, the 708P and 705P incorporate digital signal processing (DSP) including equalizer and delay for easy room calibration, as well as an RJ-45 port for HARMAN HiQnet connectivity.
“JBL had the wisdom to build the Series 7 around compression drivers for the high frequencies, which are much more predictable than dome tweeters when it comes to getting closer to the environment in which the mix will ultimately be. ruled, which looks more like a theater, âStateman says. âThe design of this is really reassuring in terms of translation to larger auditorium sizes. I’m confident in what we’re producing, so whether you watch and listen on a smartphone or in the 15,000-seat main hall at ComicCon, that’ll sound great.
The 247SND’s 5.1 and 7.1 editing suites feature JBL 708P monitors for the left, center and right channels, with 705i models powered by Crown DCi 8 | 300 amplifiers for the surround channels. Remote team members received a similar package consisting of all amplified speakers for easier setup. Additionally, the 247SND’s main mixing and editing space, where the final mix was created, features 28 8-inch JBL AC28 / 95 dual speakers in the surround positions.
âPost-production sound is a team sport, and it revolves around the approval process,â Stateman explained. âBeing able to have a common monitoring experience is very important in terms of sound. This common experience allows us to compare sound pressure levels and frequencies appropriate to the story we are trying to tell. Loudspeakers play a very important role in developing a common listening experience for sound pressure and frequency response.
Critics and audiences alike praised the show’s sound design and music, and the series won numerous accolades, including 11 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and three MPSE Golden Reel Awards for its sound effects, dialogues and music. The positive reception of the series is due in part to Stateman’s commitment to providing his team with the most consistent and highest quality surveillance experience possible, which he has been doing for years and aiming to continue. .
âOver the years, I have implemented several dozen sound editing bays, purchasing over 50 of the 708s and 705s,â Stateman said. âThey are reliable, interchangeable and easy to replace quickly. It is a very homogeneous and well-made product. I think the Series 7 is a huge creative asset in terms of post-production sound and truly a design and build crown for JBL.